This is an easy, nutritious, warm, and slightly nutty pasta dish that pairs well with just about any meat. This recipe is very adaptable. Want garlic or onion? Add it! More pine nuts? Great! Flavored tomatoes? Do it. It will pretty much work with whatever you have or want.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and steam until tender, 2 to 4 minutes.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir pine nuts until toasted and fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

  • Combine orzo, green beans, pine nuts, tomatoes, remaining olive oil, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1 can green beans for the fresh green beans, if desired.

If the heat dissipates too much, simply reheat in microwave for approximately 2 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; protein 10.3g 21% DV; carbohydrates 34.1g 11% DV; fat 11.4g 18% DV; cholesterol 4.4mg 2% DV; sodium 161mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2015
I had fresh green beans from the farmers market that were begging to be used and came across this recipe. Not only was I able to use the green beans but this recipe satisfied the carb portion of dinner as well. The only changes I made was to use fresh tomatoes and basil as I can't abide using dried or canned when fresh is at hand! Nice mix of flavors for a side dish that will complement a main course beautifully but won't steal the star of the show. Served with Chicken with Mushroom also from AR. Thank you tlriney for the submission. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2015
I had fresh green beans from the farmers market that were begging to be used and came across this recipe. Not only was I able to use the green beans but this recipe satisfied the carb portion of dinner as well. The only changes I made was to use fresh tomatoes and basil as I can't abide using dried or canned when fresh is at hand! Nice mix of flavors for a side dish that will complement a main course beautifully but won't steal the star of the show. Served with Chicken with Mushroom also from AR. Thank you tlriney for the submission. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2015
Great side dish! Easy to make too. I didn't have any pine nuts but tasted good without them. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2016
Very good. The roasted pine nuts give it a delicious nutty flavor. I used cut frozen green beans. Even good cold as a pasta salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
One of my new favorites! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2017
Nice recipe that can easily be modified for whatever you have in your fridge/allergies. Made mine with just fresh green beans olive oil basil and fresh tomatoes tossed with spaghetti noodles with a dash of salt and pepper. Lovely meal:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2016
Surprisingly very very good considering how few ingredients there are. This will be a regular main dish for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2018
It was easier than I thought! This was my first time making orzo but it turned out great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2018
Love it it turned out awesome and it tastes delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2019
Very good recipe. I made 2 changes. I didn't have any basil so I substituted Italian Seasonings and I had part of an orange pepper leftover so I chopped it and warmed it a bit in the microwave. Otherwise I followed the recipe. We thought it was very good. Next time I think I will use lemon olive oil double the Italian seasoning and use at least 1.5 teaspoons of salt. It just needed a little extra zing to be 5 stars! Thanks for posting. Update: It made great leftovers. It need more oil so I used the lemon - but any flavor would work. I served it hot and cold and add the extra seasoning. One day I add cooked chicken cubed into small pieces and mixed it all together. It was great and was a definite "planned-over " not a leftover. Read More